Monthly Archives: February 2011

St Carmen of the Main

Visually stunning production is not enough to overcome a weak play. If I were not already a fan of Michel Tremblay, this play would not encourage me to become one. The story is sparse – Carmen comes back from the … Continue reading

Posted in Diane D'Aquila, Karen Robinson, Michel Tremblay, Peter Hinton | 1 Comment


Lynn Nottage won the Pulitzer prize for this play, largely I suspect because of the power of the material and the opportunity it provides for great actors to demonstrate their talents. The play still needs work – it is longer … Continue reading

Posted in Lynn Nottage, Sophia Walker, Sterling Jarvis, Yanna McIntosh | 1 Comment

King Lear

Another in the series of live Broadcasts by the National Theatre – this one from the Donmar – a 250 seat theatre in Covent Garden. This was an excellent production – in large part because the setting was completely stark … Continue reading

Posted in Alec Newman., Derek Jacobi, Gina McKee, Gwilym Lee, National Theatre | 1 Comment

The Misanthrope

A new take on an old play. This updated version of the Moliere classic, by Martin Crimp, brings the language and the setting into modern times. The setting is fantastic – all white and shocking pink. The cast were all … Continue reading

Posted in Andrea Runge, Michele Giroux, Patrick Galligan, Stuart Hughes, Tarragon 2011 | 1 Comment